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Story highlights

Ted Cruz's campaign pulled a recent ad attacking Marco Rubio after it was revealed that one of its featured actors had performed in erotic films

Titled "Conservatives Anonymous," the Cruz spot is set in a group therapy session, as a circle of men and women discuss their disappointment in having supported the Florida senator

(CNN) —  

The woman who caused Ted Cruz to pull down an attack ad on Marco Rubio has an explanation: She was just doing her job.

“I have no ill will towards Ted Cruz right now. He’s got a job to do,” softcore porn veteran Amy Lindsay told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.” “And I’m a middle-class working girl and I had a job to do.”

Cruz’s campaign pulled a recent ad earlier in the day after it was revealed that Lindsay had performed in erotic films.

Titled “Conservatives Anonymous,” the Cruz spot is set in a group therapy session, as a circle of men and women discuss their disappointment in having supported the Florida senator given his subsequent work on an immigration reform bill one calls “amnesty.”

“Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time,” Lindsay tells the group before another man appears at the door in a Rubio shirt asking, “You guys have room for one more?”

The campaign removed the video from YouTube after it became aware of her background, though a web page with the “Conservatives Anonymous” branding is still live on Cruz’s site.

Cruz told reporters in South Carolina on Friday that Lindsay had merely responded to an open casting call and blamed the company that recruited the actors for not properly vetting those who appeared.

“It happened that one of the actresses who was there had a more colorful film history than we were aware,” he said. “We would not have cast her had we known of that history.”

On Thursday night and early Friday, Lindsay responded to the decision in a series of critical tweets and on Instagram, writing that she was “Extremely disappointed the #TedCruz campaign pulled the national television spot I had a role in.”

Lindsay told Tapper that she was not upset with the campaign and said she could understand the campaign’s point of view.

“I don’t think it’s un-Christian. I think this is politics as usual,” she said. “It was done in a snap moment. Someone’s got to make a decision, and sometimes it’s just better to take it down.”

According to her IMDb page, Lindsay has credited roles in titles including “Carnal Wishes,” “Insatiable Desires” and “Forbidden Sins.” She has also appeared in more mainstream fare, like a 2001 episode of “Star Trek: Voyager.”

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CNN’s Theodore Schleifer contributed to this report.